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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:53 pm 
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why is this happening. Anybody else have this problem?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:50 am 
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Could be a tailbone / lower back issue. Could be pressure points on the pedals. You need to adjust the seat for a reclining comfortable position. Adjust pedal lengths to extend legs. Move your foot position from time to time on pedals or wear shoes.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:55 pm 
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I notice when I grip the top of the peddle with my toes to keep my foot in place the feet start acking a little. It gets worse when I don't move my feet position on the peddle. Push with the instep is the worse thing you can to. Use the upper pad of the feet to push with. Hope this helps. I have shoes on so gripping the top of the peddle is not doing any good except cramping my foot when I am not thinking about it.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:34 pm 
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Do your toes get cold, or just numb? If they get cold, one possibility is that your footwear is too tight. This often happens when people try to jam too many layers of socks under a pair of wet suit booties. You want wet suit booties to fit comfortably loosely, even with several pairs of socks under them, because if they fit tightly they will restrict your circulation and make your toes cold.

Do all of your toes get numb, or is the numbness restricted to certain toes? If the numbness is primarily in the two toes next to your little toe and the bottom of your foot near those two toes, you may be developing Morton's Neuroma. This develops when your shoes are too tight, and the knuckles in your feet squash the nerves which run between the knuckles, which inflames the nerves. A minor case of Morton's Neuroma will just produce numbness in some of your toes, particularly the two mentioned above, but a worse case can produce significant pain. If you are developing Morton's Neuroma, you should take immediate steps to reduce the problem, such as getting wider shoes. Morton's Neoroma can be tough to get rid of once you develop it, and it can get pretty painful if you don't take steps to prevent it from getting worse. If you are developing Morton's Neouroma, you will probably notice similar numbness when walking around on shore.

Are you having any symptoms other than numb toes, such as back pain or shooting pains down your legs? If so, the problem may be the position of your seat, or where the seat puts pressure on your butt. For example, if the seat is too reclined, you may be lying on the back of your butt, rather than sitting on the bottom of your butt, and this may be putting pressure on blood vessels, which could restrict circulation to your feet.

Recumbent bicycle dealers, recumbent bicycle forums, and riders of recumbent bikes are good sources of information about problems like the toe numbness which you are experiencing, because recumbent bicyclists pedal their bikes in a position and with a motion which is quite similar the the position and motion used in pedaling a Mirage Drive kayak.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:55 pm 
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How tight do you make your foot straps? They could be restricting blood flow if you wedge your feet in. I use adjustable heel straps instead -- more comfortable and excellent leg support:
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I also replaced the standard seat bottom with the Hobie i-comfort pad. It is air filled and flexes with the butt movement. Better leg circulation and a huge improvement for me. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:50 pm 
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If you haven't already, try a couple different shoes or even go barefoot.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:08 pm 
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As Roadrunner mentioned, try without the toe straps. I don't use any straps, but have found them cutting off circulation in the past.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:41 pm 
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I get the same thing on my OC1 if I don't have the seat positioned properly. It presses on a nerve near my backside, after about 30 minutes my foot starts to go numb. Once I get the seat right, no problem.

Try adjusting your pedal length - either shorter or longer. Try adding a seat cushion to raise your backside a bit and provide more padding.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:39 pm 
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Ditch the straps and add the Hobie i-Comfort inflatable seat. While not a cure all, it does help.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:47 pm 
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I had this same problem plus I would get cramps with my toes. Sitting on a somewhat hard surface and peddling while reclining was my problem. I used more cushioning and built a backrest which helped. I will be switching to a skipper seat - hopefully that will help.


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 9:18 am 
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Bubbleboy wrote:
Ditch the straps and add the Hobie i-Comfort inflatable seat. While not a cure all, it does help.


My wife and I had the same numb toe and foot problem with our 2009 Oasis. At first I thought that it was related to colder days and colder water. After we bought the kayak waders with stocking feet, it still happened after about 30 minutes to an hour of pedaling.

So we took off the straps and my problems went away, and my wife still had problems and complained abot discomfort on her back/butt and toes.

We then bought her the Hobie I-Comfort seat and installed it. Then without the straps and the new seat, her problems went away.

In warm weather I pedal bare footed. It is like getting a free foot massage while touring with the Oasis.

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